McFarlane, Tottenville duo reach new heights on gridiron

September, 20, 2011
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In this week's edition of the New York Football All-State Stock Watch, I'll take a look at a quarterback-wide receiver duo that has many thinking state title and a running back who can simply do it all.

UP — Brandon Barnes & Alvin Cornelius, Tottenville QB & WR
Last year, Tottenville lost just one game. Unfortunately for the Pirates, that lone blemish came in the PSAL semifinals to eventual champ Fort Hamilton. With a 2-0 start this season, the Pirates appear primed to make this year's run last all the way to the 'ship. Point much of the credit to Barnes and Cornelius, who hooked up for all three touchdowns in the Pirates' 21-0 win against Clinton last week. The athletic duo has combined for six scores this year, with Barnes recording two in the opener and Cornelius returning one of his two picks for a touchdown.

DOWN — Stacey Bedell, William Floyd RB
Bedell probably figured there'd be games like last Friday. With the Longwood defense making no bones about its plan to key in on the All-State tailback, Beddell gained just 67 rushing yards. More than half of his output came on a 35-yard run. The senior did manage to sneak out of the backfield for a touchdown catch, but it wasn't enough to keep his team from losing to Longwood for the first time ever. Whether Bedell bounces back shouldn't be an issue, but the Colonials might have to get creative if they want their standout runner to overcome this extra attention in the future.

UP — DeVante McFarlane, Half Hollow Hills West RB
Two weeks ago, McFarlane earned ESPNHS East Regional Player of the Week honors by racking up five touchdowns (four rushing, one passing) and 277 rushing yards in the Colts' 34-14 opening-night win. A week later, the versatile Syracuse commit was at it again, totaling four scores (three rushing, one passing) and 182 total yards in a 29-7 win. For those counting at home, that means McFarlane has accounted for all seven of the Colts' touchdowns this year.

Brandon Parker covers New York for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.

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